Least Skipper (Ancyloxphya numitor)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Least Skipper.
Updated: 1/23/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Least Skipper is a small butterfly that prefers humid regions and tall grasses.
Unlike other grass skippers, the Least Skipper is not an excellent flyer. It flutters about, as if it is struggling to stay aloft. Their habitat, however, relieves them of the need to excel at flying in straight lines.
Males fly in and around the tall grasses in search of females. Females lay eggs on a stalk of tall grass. Larvae hatch and use the grass to form a nest by either rolling it around themselves or using cocoon silk to cover themselves. They feed on the grass as well. Caterpillars are bright green and have white spots along both sides of the body.
Adults are active in spring and summer. In warmer states, they are also active in the winter months. They prefer marshes and wetlands.